DURHAM, N.C. – On the second day of the 2019 ACC/Big Ten Challenge, the Duke Blue Devils (3-5) dropped a tight 3-1 decision to the 24th-ranked Indiana Hoosiers (8-0) at the Duke Softball Stadium in Durham.
After falling behind by two after three innings, the Blue Devils cut the Indiana lead to 2-1 in the fourth. However, a third run in the fifth and a solid defensive effort from the Hoosiers delivered the visitors their third win of the weekend.
Duke was charged four errors on the night, with two of them resulting in a pair of runs for Indiana. The Hoosiers plated the game’s first two runs in the third off a throwing error and an interference call to make it 2-0. Duke would get one back a half inning later, as a one-out triple from Jameson Kavel set up an RBI groundout from Caroline Jacobsen to bring IU’s lead to 2-1.
Indiana’s insurance run came in the bottom of the fifth, as a single and a throwing error scored a runner from second to make it 3-1. The Blue Devils registered a one-out single in the seventh, but a double play closed out the contest to keep IU undefeated on the year.
Four Blue Devils collected a hit on Saturday, led by Kavel’s triple, her first of the season. With the hit, Kavel has now hit safely in six of eight contests this year. Haley Wymbs, Marissa Gagliano and Dominique Salinas rounded out Duke’s offensive effort.
Amelia Wiercioch (1-2) got the start for the contest, going 4.1 innings and striking out four batters and only walking one. Shelby Walters closed out the final 1.2 innings of play, tossing a pair of strikeouts.
Duke caps the weekend on Sunday, Feb. 17 against the Penn State Nittany Lions (3-5) at 12:30 p.m. ET. That contest will be live streamed on ACC Network Extra.
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